Haven’t yet settled on the perfect new year’s professional resolution? We’re here to help. Instead of one BIG resolution, we’ve rounded up six little changes that can have a serious impact on your experience at work this year. Try taking on a new one every other month, until you’re working on all of them. Your future self will thank you.
1. January – February: Take your goals seriously. Make 2019 the year that you don’t just set them and forget them. Put together a list of both performance and development goals that will help you make your next career move. Tell your manager, mentor and peers about them so they can help keep you accountable and encourage you along the way.
2. March – April: Be an active part of your company’s culture. Make this the year you make an impact. We’re all busy with our lives outside of work, but we should take every opportunity we can to make our professional experience more meaningful. Something as simple as eating lunch with others in the cafeteria or inviting a co-worker to coffee once a month can go a long way.
3. May – June: Give better feedback. It doesn’t matter if you’re an intern or the CEO, or if you have many direct reports or none. We all have the power (and responsibility) to help our co-workers get better. By being more intentional and solution-minded in our feedback, we can make the experience better for everyone and encourage others to do the same.
[Related reading: The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback]
4. July – August: Say thank you. Thank your teammates when they make your job easier. Tell your boss when their advice is helpful. Let your IT person know that you appreciate when they help you reset your password (again). Simply communicating appreciation goes a long way, and it can also be contagious.
5. September – October: Find a mentor. It doesn’t matter if it’s your manager, another leader at your organization or someone at a different company altogether. A mentor can guide you through different situations you will face during your career and help you expand your professional network to someday land your dream job.
6. November – December: Cheer for your peers. Do you ever find yourself not congratulating someone on their big achievement or promotion? It happens to the best of us when we’re feeling bad about our own work or if we keep missing our goals. Recognition is critical to every employee’s experience. Make it a point to be positive this year, and you’ll see more of your peers encouraging you as well.